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Explosive drama erupts when the life of a teen with a tortured past is jeopardized by her secret tattoo. Handwriting expert Claudia Rose joins forces once again with Detective Joel Jovanic, who is investigating a firebombing, a young woman found dead in a dumpster, and the disappearance of a journalist. The investigation heats up when Jovanic uncovers evidence that the same tattoo is linked to his cases.  

©2014 Sheila Lowe (P)2018 Sheila Lowe

Critic Reviews

“Lowe expertly delivers a solid criminal investigation while guiding her readers into a unique culture where tattooing and the murder of a young girl come together on the autopsy table. Hit the lights and siren because this is one fast ride from beginning to end.” (Lee Lofland, author of Police Procedure and Investigation and founder and director of the Writers’ Police Academy)

Inkslingers Ball is the perfect novel for an afternoon by the pool. With vivid characters, smooth writing, and a twisty plot, Sheila Lowe has crafted a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.” (Boyd Morrison, international best-selling author)

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Absolutely amazing read !!

"There are very few books that have taken my soul to places like I have just experienced by reading Inslinkers Ball "

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Good read/listen, great series

My fifth read from author Sheila Lowe and the fifth book in the Forensic Handwriting Series. Good, well-written mystery, with every book she writes Lowe continues to sculpt her craft and gets better & better. The characters likable & attention holding. The plot and the sub-plot were both well-developed. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I'll definitely be reading more in this series, In fact Outside the Lines, book 6 in the Forensic Handwriting Series is already queued up!

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  • 12-30-18

Awesome!

law-enforcement, procedural, teens, murder-investigation, mystery, thriller, suspense, california

A dedicated homicide detective, an insightful forensic graphologist, a teen who has seen and been through more than anyone ought to, and tattoo ink at the autopsy table. Some people are forced to live lives of incredible heartbreak that has nothing to do with romance only to have life cut short under horrifying conditions. Such is the case of a teenage woman who has been a friend in the past and recently resurfaced in the middle of a rampage by someone in the tattoo artistry business. As the bodies pile up it becomes very apparent that the murders are somehow connected but it's tough to get people to talk to the cops, and that makes their job even harder.
A very complex and compelling story that is much too close to reality in many ways, but I learned a lot about the work of a forensic graphologist which is a discipline I am not familiar with. The plot moves along quickly with a lot of suspense, twists, and red herrings with characters are incredibly interesting.
This is the first book I have read in the series, but that did not diminish my enjoyment.
The audio is performed by Donna Allen and Richard Brewer in a somewhat alternating manner that does add gravitas without going full horror mode.

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  • medy
  • 01-10-19

Book 5

It is one of those books that I did not want to end. The interesting story carried me along and made me keep listening. This Shelia Lowe's series about Claudia Rose, who is a forensic handwriting expert.

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  • Mac
  • 01-03-19

Fabulous

This was awesome, I loved it brilliant storyline and great characters. I highly recommend this audiobook wish I’d have started with the first in this series. The narrators were spot on really great. Can not wait to listen to more.